Reed Whittemore

Reed Whittemore served as Poet Laureate from 1964 to 1965 and again from 1984 to 1985. Though there are some choral settings of Reed Whittemore's poetry, there are no known art song settings.

Photo: Reed Whittemore, photograph by LaVerne Harrell Clark, courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Reed Whittemore studied at Yale. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Air Force.

Whittemore wrote eight volumes of poetry, as well as a biography of William Carlos Williams. He taught at Carlton College in Minnesota before teaching at the University of Maryland (College Park) from 1967 to 1984.

In addition to serving as Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress, he also served as the Poet Laureate of the state of Maryland.

–Christie Finn

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